During a recent press briefing by the Alliance for Change, it was noted by the party Chairman that as a result of the impasse between the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), its employees and the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), the sugar workers were seeking to divorce themselves from the union.
According to Ramjattan, complaints to GAWU’s representatives by the employees about several contentious issues that they have with GuySuCo off and on-field matters get nowhere and are causing much frustration.
“Workers have concluded that there exists now an incestuous relationship between Management and Union, and this is the reason why workers have indicated that there will soon be an exercise to demand that GuySuCo cease deducting union dues from their wages amounting to $650 per month, which then is made payable to GAWU…This sum could be better spent, they say, to buy rations or help with transportation costs for the school children.”
When contacted for a comment on the issue, GuySuCo’s Chief Executive Officer Nick Jackson noted that he was not aware of the issue but until the company was informed by GAWU that its members were no longer a part of the union, then it will continue to deduct the union dues.
Following recent strikes and difficulties arriving at a new salary structure for sugar workers, an Arbitration Tribunal was set up to resolve the impasse.
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